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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
4942 tasting notes

26/28 sipdowns

omgsrsly this is great as a latte! i wanted a change of pace so i dug this one out to make as a latte. it’s really nice this way. I like this straight but as a latte it’s just a creamier delicious black current creamy drink. NOMS!

Nicole

I never think about trying the fruit teas as lattes. Makes sense if you like pies a la mode or fruit with cream… Hm. I see experiments in my future.

Sil

haha yeah i’m not sure why this one popped in to my head to do that..but it did and i’m glad!

OMGsrsly

Good to know! :) I’m gonna have to try it.

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
4942 tasting notes

this one is super uber nice. omgsrsly sent this my way and because of work i don’t have much time for saying a lot. is this black currant? yes! is it tasty? YES! am i glad i have a little more? YES! :) thank you omgsrsly!

OMGsrsly

:) I need more of this one. It’s really nice iced (I never tried cold brew, but flash chilled it’s good).

Sil

ooh i’ll have to try that. I was going to turn it into a latte but cold brew would work…

OMGsrsly

GASP. Latte.

Sil

hahahaha

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drank Hazelberry Puerh by Steam Tea House
4942 tasting notes

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I had this as a latte last night and it was deeelicious! thanks for the thought ombsrsly this is a tea that i would consider stocking as part of my few flavoured puerhs tha ti enjoy, though it’s not my all time favourite. I do relaly like the combination they have going on here though. Thanks for letting me try this one out omg!

Final Count yesterday: 169 because of the awesomeness of Dexter…i’ll forgive you this time! ;)

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drank Hazelberry Puerh by Steam Tea House
4942 tasting notes

must remember to have the last of this as a latte. Another sample from OMGSRSLY?!?!?! because i have to get my drink on! Not a sipdown but it’s one step closer to one…and a step closer to getting rid of the boxes of samples in my house at the moment lol I’m not sure what a hazelberry is…but this is tasty and delicious and i will be enjoying more!

OMGsrsly

:P Hazelnut and strawberry. I had to ask when I bought it.

Sil

that makes sense lol

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
4942 tasting notes

thank you omgsrsly this one isn’t bad. it’s still not the pear tea i want it to be… somewhere between 5-9 mins is the sweet spot. 5 mins isn’t enough pear and 9+ mins is too rooibosy. but it’s been fun to try this one. The rest of this is off to dexter to try out whenever her box fills up on this end heh

Nicole

Pear seems like it is really hard to get right.

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
4942 tasting notes

thank you omgsrsly for braving the PEAR to pick this upt for me (and i think dexter?) I am actually really enjoying this one, though i think i’ll let it steep a little longer next time as the rooibos is coming through but not enough of the pear is. This is pear juice. like the juice from fruit cups…except mixed with the rooibos it’s not nearly as sweet or intense…it’s tasty delicious. i just want.moar.pear. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, I sent the rest to Anna. Sorry Dexter! If you want some I can grab a sample for you.

Sil

No I can send her some..you sent me lots :) I just couldn’t remember who the other person was lol

OMGsrsly

Ok! Phew. Yeah, I sent the rest of the package to Anna. :)

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1938 tasting notes

Every time I saw this reviewed, I would get really excited about it because everyone makes it sound so good but when I read the ingredients I lose interest because it is filled with a whole bunch of things I tend to avoid. However, when I was visiting Sil, she have me a sample so I could finally try it for myself. Sipping it now, I want to love it. I really, really do but I am getting a whole lot of cardamom, a little but of dark chocolate, and not much else. It’s not bad but it’s not something I personally would stock. Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the opportunity to see for myself what this tea is all about and I am especially grateful because I know how much of a fan you are :)

Courtney

I always have the exact same reaction! Sil makes it sounds amazingly delicious, then I check the ingredients and lose interest.

Marzipan

I’m pretty over red rooibos.

VariaTEA

Well I will say the rooibos doesn’t have a heavy presence at all which I know is something you dislike

Sil

haha yeah it’s not a rooibos tea…but, as variaTEA mentioned, if you don’t like the other ingredients, you won’t like this one :)

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Aw crap. I guess I lied when I said the last note was my last note.
I forgot I drank the rest of this sample from Courtney earlier tonight while my hubby and I were watching the making of Diagon Alley special to ramp up our excitement for our trip to Florida in the fall.

I was also working on a banner for my mom’s surprise birthday/retirement party this weekend.

That is to say, I was majorly distracted as I drank this.

I addd milk. It was a comforting cup. But not nearly as mapley as I’d like a maple tea to be.
Probably if you would just give me pure maple syrup to drink, that would maybe be mapley enough.

I’m a tough Canadian to please!

Thanks for sending this for me to try, Courtney, I can cross it off my list now! :)

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I think something must be wrong with my tastebuds, because I was so excited for maple but really got a total lack of flavour from my cup.

Sad!

I think that’s because coming from New Brunswick I know how delicious real maple is, so I expect a maple tea at the very least should taste like it would with real maple syrup added to it. This was so faint!

I will try again later with the rest of my sample, maybe with the addition of some real syrup :)

Thank you for sending it my way to try, Courtney!

Kaylee

And it has such an appealing name too!

whatshesaid

I know, right?!

Courtney

Oh no! Gasp. I am tempted to send more so you can experiment. I enjoy this one, but I drink it very rarely.

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
1481 tasting notes

Why am I trying this tea? Because Sil and Anna are mean, that’s why. They should know that I have to try almost all the teas (almost because there are some things that are just “no’s”).

So it’s pear. Ripe jelly bean pear. And rooibos. Yep.

It’s not terrible, but I really dislike ripe pears. Please give them to me when they are hard and crunchy. Thanks.

:)

Flavors: Pear, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Pear!!!! Pear pear pearpearpearpearpear

OMGsrsly

Haha. I got there 10 min before closing so I just bought 50g. How should I split it? Will you and Anna duke it out in the comments?

Sil

Uh however/whatever makes sense? I’m happy for a couple cups, half….whatever. I feel like Anna gets more because it’s harder for her to get it…..you and I are “closer” lol

OMGsrsly

Closer as in on opposite sides of a huge country rather than country + ocean? :D I’m having fun packing up MORE for you. Hope you’re ready for that.

mj

I love sil’s comment: “Pear!!!! Pear pear pearpearpearpearpear”. That’s also how I feel about pear

VariaTEA

Poor Sil will never reach her goal at this rate :P.

OMGsrsly

Her packet is only 439g. :D

VariaTEA

Oh dear.

Sil

Goal? What goal…my fake cupboard is going well….

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91
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1700 tasting notes

(163) I already miss this tea, and I haven’t even finished my cup. :P
Also, I’m sorta impressed that I’m down to 163 teas. I haven’t been focusing on sipdowns lately but I guess I’m in the habit of reaching for teas who are nearly done as I alternate between absolute favorites, and trying smaller samples. It should be easy to hit 150 this month, even with the 9 teas from Butiki I have incoming!

VariaTEA

You are almost equal with me! I am at 157 and have had no tea in days because of my cold.

Cavocorax

Awww. That’s so depressing! Hope you feel better soon! :|

VariaTEA

Thank you! I am actually feeling okay. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the taste to come back.

Dustin

I can’t taste or smell anything right now either. It’s the worst! All this tea and no ability to enjoy it!

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1700 tasting notes

I’ve heard good things about this one.
It IS good.
I’m so glad I asked Sil to snag some for me when she was in BC.

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drank Fresh Bamboo Mint by Steam Tea House
4942 tasting notes

Sipdown #2 for today. 5 may be pushing it believe it or not. lol This was again from courney and i have to say i really like this one. it’s not one that i could drink every day given it’s a green tea, but when in the mood for a fruity strawberry tea, this one would hit the spot!

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drank Fresh Bamboo Mint by Steam Tea House
4942 tasting notes

huh. courtney sent this one my way and as a brand new tea! i figured it was worth the pleasure of being tasting note 4200…which isn’t meant so much as a brag, because we all use steepster differently, but more of a way of checking in with myself on how my tea journey is progressing. It will be interesting to see where i land at my steepsterversary in a few months :) I’ve logged nearly 1800 different teas tried, so i figure i’m a little up on that since there are teas that remain unlogged i’m sure.

This tea? A pleasant surprise from courtney and one that i quite like. I’m not generally a fan of green teas, but this one works for me. It’s not really what i’d call a mint tea….strawberry and fruity yes…but the mint (i assume it’s there..) is seriously muted. I feel like the mint is there, because of the way the strawberry is coming through, but i don’t really feel like there’s enough there for me to call this a mint tea. There’s strawberry and orange and bamboo…and a hint of what i’m guessing is the mint. Overall, i really like this! thanks courtney!

Cavocorax

Wow. Just… wow! :DI wish I had the dedication to log as many teas as you do, but I just have days where I’m like, enh, they’ve read my thoughts on this before, I’m not gonna bother.. Congrats!

Sil

i think it’s mostly because i find it relaxing. it’s not dealing with morons, or fussing with politically correct language…or trying to guess how person z will take something…and all the other bullcrap out there… it’s just hanging out with all the cool tea people, having a good time!

TheTeaFairy

woohoo, that’s a whole lotta notes!!!

Courtney

When I find a tea you haven’t tried I feel like the Tea Master. Also, I completely agree with the mint, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

Sil

LOL we still need to swap for steam/bayswater teas courtney so you can try anything you didn’t pick up, that i did…if there are any that is. if not, well that’s cool lol

Sil

OH also have you tried this cold brewed yet C?

Courtney

I haven’t yet. I may put that one in the fridge right now.

mj

I feel the same way about steepster, Sil. I’m new but so far, everyone’s so nice! Probably the nicest bunch of people on the internet.

gmathis

This one sounds refreshing! And ditto. People play nice here. We love that.

boychik

It is very impressive. 4200 congrats!!! I’ve been to diff forums. Steepster is the nicest. I abandoned them. I hate when ppl criticize and pick on each other.

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You know how you can have the exact same life you had yesterday, and somehow yesterday you were happy to be you and have your life and your choices and your tentative future, and then today you wonder why the hell you chose what you did, where everything went wrong, and what on earth will become of you and why is there so much misery?

It’s one of those days (the latter, I mean). No good reason-nothing momentous has happened; in fact, the plans for our wedding are coming together nicely, and we’re about to book our honeymoon—but I can’t shake this general sense of hopelessness. I’m also really tired, which never ever helps. Anyway, I’ll be fine, but it is what it is at the moment. Perspective is everything and all that jazz.

Anyway, this sample came to me from VariaTea, who so thoughtfully included it in our swap package that was filled to the brim with things on my wishlist! I brewed it up without reading any reviews, so may have botched it a bit, but still really enjoyed the cup. The maple taste is slightly weaker than the smell might have you believe, but it’s still there, supported by a fairly hefty black base, which I like. I brewed for three minutes and added a small amount of sugar and some cream. I can’t decide if I should add a touch more sugar to draw out the maple next time or if I should brew it for a touch longer, but either way there will be a next time thanks to variatea’s generosity!

Courtney

I hope that feeling passes quickly. I understand it though.

keychange

I hope so too, and thanks. I really need some sleep.

Cheri

Those days just kinda happen sometimes. I hope the day gets better. (And YAY! for wedding plans coming together nicely. It can be so stressful when they’re not.)

keychange

Our best wedding-related decision was to hire a wedding planner, and that has helped immensely. And thanks for hoping this mood’ll pass-I’m sure it will also.

Terri HarpLady

Ms Theresa’s recommendations for moodiness, depression, etc:
1. Eat a banana or 2 just in case it’s a B6 deficiency.
2. If possible, spend a little time in the sun with relaxed deep breathing.
3. Pamper your awesome self in any & as many ways as possible!!
4. Breath deep & savor the moment :)
5. Feel better!

keychange

Thank you so much! those are all lovely suggestions.

CHAroma

I’m so sorry to hear you’re feeling down today. It’s normal to feel that way from time to time. Just don’t let it consume you. Try and do something that you know will make you feel better. For me, that’s usually eating chocolate and working out for the endorphin rush and good self-esteem that follows (although I don’t recommend doing those two things together or you’re likely to vomit). Snuggling with my husband usually helps too. Feel better soon!

Nxtdoor

Feel better. I know the feeling. Just do a couple of things you really enjoy — whether it’s food, books or whatever — to make yourself happy again.

Sil

Terri – you forgot number6!! the best one ever…

VISIT SIL!

Suziqzer

Hang in there! You have so much going for you! Sometimes life just takes a tole and we need to regroup. Pamper yourself and get some rest… you deserve it!

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My house is freezing, and I’m over it. Thank goodness for hot tea. And Suits.

I’m not usually in the mood for greens, but I have a ton of this one, and I do love a good real strawberry flavour. I don’t really get any mint, but the strawberry green here is nice and fresh.

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This tea came my way from OMGsrsly. She was awesome and sent a ton of samples from Steam. Now I’m sipping away at BC teas since we have finalized the dates we’ll be visiting, and I need to get my list down for what I need to pick up.

This one smells great! I will share my cup with J too, since he loved Teaopia’s Dragonheart, and the only other note here says it’s similar.

Generally greens don’t do it for me, with very few exceptions. The fruitiness in this one is delightful. It’s somewhat reminiscent of H&S Tropical Green, which I’ve been meaning to get more of. There is a subtle buttery-ness to the green base, but it’s very minimal. The fruit flavours aren’t overwhelming, in fact they’re also subtle. The scent is stronger than the flavours. I’m not getting any mint, but it may be because I just had cold noodle salad. I think I would consider picking some of this up.

Thanks OMGsrsly!

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So I checked out Sil’s cupboard only to realize she is kicking my butt, as in she has almost 30 fewer teas than I do (congrats on being so close to 140 btw!). That put me in a little bit of a sipdown mode. However, I still wanted to try new teas and work on getting through some of my swaps. Luckily, this tea filled all three requirements. Thus, this is a

Sipdown!! (171)

Thank you MissB for sending some my way in a generous surprise package. It is a nice tea. Great grapefruit flavor that is reminiscent of Nina’s Paris The de Vendome, which I enjoyed. Though, at the end of the day, I just don’t ever reach for citrus tea often enough to warrant stocking a tea like this. It was still fun to try something new so thank you MissB.

Lastly, I know I said this yesterday but since I am once again writing about a surprise tea, I thought it is worth mentioning again… I AM MOVING IN LESS THAN A MONTH! The reason I mention this is because I know how generous everyone is on steepster. I never expect them but you guys have surprised me with packages time and time again. However, since MY ADDRESS WILL BE CHANGING, I would hate for someone to generously send tea that would just get lost in the world :(. Thus it is probably best that you DON’T SEND ME TEA to my Montreal address (except for the swaps I already arranged) as I don’t think I will receive it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dexter

(I would not think it to be presumptuous if you forwarded a new address once you are settled in so that I can update my list).

VariaTEA

I will keep that in mind. Although maybe I should take the opportunity to hide from everyone until I get my cupboard reigned in a bit :P

Honestly though, even just writing the disclaimer above makes me feel weird because it seems like I expect stuff (which I don’t) so going as far as to send people my address in case they wanted to surprise me would feel quite rude :P.

Dexter

LOL OK reigning in your cupboard I can understand (but you’ve done a pretty good job of reducing your numbers). OK, don’t want to weird you out, I’ll just keep asking…. ;))

VariaTEA

Haha, i still have your address. Perhaps I will have to surprise you with some tea and then you will have my address that way :P. Now to find teas that I have to share with you…

Sil

Hahapoor dexter. At this rates he won’t need to buy tea until 2017 ;)

Sil

And that he is a she….stupid autocorrecting iPad

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I’ve now been here a few hours and ahh freedom! We went to Steam before we even dropped the suitcase haha.

Now I’m sitting here, catching up on all my internet things. This tea is delicious and mapley and all things good. I picked up 100g, but I can’t decide if I should pick up more, because more than likely we won’t be back again until next summer. Hmm, decisions, decisions.

Also, I took a picture for you, Cavo: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/photo_zps5f4e89e7.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Sil

courtney…i wanna come back!!!! sucks that we missed each other. :(

Amariel

Buy more so you can ice it and add sweetened condensed milk hong kong/thai style in the summer…so good.

keychange

oooh what else did you get from there?

Courtney

Keychange I also picked up Fresh Bamboo Mint and Kangaita.

Sil

Courtney – i should swap you some of the bamboo mint. I was going to get kangaita too but opted to try something new instead this time around heh

Courtney

I’m all for it. Let me know if you want anything else. That’s so much Bamboo Mint actually. I wish you could get smaller amounts hah.

Sil

yeah..that’s why they only got 3 bags purchased from me…if they sold 50g it would have been closer to 8

OMGsrsly

Yes, what Amariel says. :) Get more and ice it!

OMGsrsly

Steam didn’t sell you guys 50g? Seriously? Because I always get 50g. And samples.

Sil

he must like you…we chatted about where to buy tea but no samples and 100g only.

Courtney

It was a tiny little girl with purple hair when I went yesterday afternoon. She was really nice though, and gave me Nolan’s card and mentioned I could email/call if I needed teas shipped.

OMGsrsly

I wonder when that changed. SO FRUSTRATING.

Sil

Maybe you just have to be one of the fabulous people…

OMGsrsly

You ARE one of the fabulous people, Sil…

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90

I cold brewed this one for six hours last night. I should’ve done it for more but it was six or fourteen type thing – and I didn’t want to risk overdoing it. OMGsrsly suggested condensed milk, but I really, really do not like milk in my tea so I just opted for cold brewed. The maple flavour is still lovely and apparent. Maybe one day I will get over my milk in tea thing, but for now I love this tea hot.

I can’t wait to pick up more! Under three weeks now!

Thanks again OMGsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Hong Kong Milk Tea. One day I hope you experience it and like it! :)

Courtney

You do have the best ideas for mixings. Maybe once I have my own stash of this awesome tea I’ll be brave enough to mess around with it. :)

OMGsrsly

I treat my tea collection like a fancy coffee shop, honestly. I’ll add (almost) anything to my teas, just to try. :)

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90

This tea is delicious. That is all.

Thanks OMGsrsly!

Update: I added a wee dollop (~1/2 tsp) of maple syrup to the resteep and it’s just as tasty as the first.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I can’t wait to pick more of this one up in a few short weeks!

OMGsrsly

Woo! I hope Nolan is working when you go in. He’s really awesome. Such a tea geek. :)

Sil

i guess i need to figure out what teas i should be picking up as well lol

Courtney

I’ve got my list started! Between Steam and Bayswater, I shall bring back plenty for my cupboard. Any other companies I should check while I’m there?

Sil

not sure if you’ve seen this: http://goo.gl/maps/gXsKK

lol if you go over to the island. janet’s tea shop and silk road tea….i think soko tea house is in vancouver and decent…o5 is an experience. if you like tea with milk and sugar – murchie’s granville island has a couple…

Courtney

You know so much. I will keep the map. We never go over to the island haha, but perhaps Seattle will be on tap this trip. Which reminds me my passport is soon expiring.

Sil

that map is ALLL omgsrsly. haha We’re trying to decide whether we can manage a trip to the island – i have old old old family there and/or whether we want to try for a day trip to seattle heh

Courtney

Oh yes. We have the staples we do, since we go 2-3 times every summer haha. We always plan for Seattle… and never make it haha! I’ve only been to the island once, despite living in Vancouver myself and visiting more times than I can count.

Sil

island is always like an overnight trip in my head…

OMGsrsly

Muahahahaha. Tea Time on Lonsdale in North Vancouver is nice. There are a lot of $$$ shops, probably nice to check out but maybe less nice to buy from. If you have any questions, let me know. The map has been a bear to update since Google Maps changed, so it’s probably not completely up to date.

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90

This is all maple with a hint of molasses. These flavours add up to deliciousness. Good call OMGsrsly, and thanks for sharing!

VariaTEA

I was talking to OMGsrsly about this today :P

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